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The health of our skin dictates how our skin looks and feels. While some products like harsh or drying facial cleansers might provide temporary improvements - the key to healthy skin in the long term is using ingredients that literally supports the health of our skin microbiome. Enter: prebiotic skincare. So - what are prebiotics? Why are they important for your skin? And how can you add them to your skincare routine? Let's take a look!
Prebiotics are natural ingredients that help to maintain healthy levels of good bacteria, which can improve your complexion, prevent blemishes and soothe irritation.
There are many different types of prebiotic skincare ingredients, but here are a few examples: inulin, certain plant extracts, glucose and fructose.
The skin microbiome is a lot like your gut microbiome. They're both made up of trillions of bacteria that live on and in your body, and they're responsible for many functions within you. Your gut microbiome is responsible for function including digestion, immune system health and even mood regulation. Your skin microbiome plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier which helps protect you from diseases, and keeps hydration in. Knowing all of this - it makes a lot of sense that prebiotics can support the health of both!
Prebiotics are plant derived ingredients that help to feed the good bacteria in your skin that make up your skin microbiome. They do this by providing them with nutrients, so they can grow and thrive. The more good bacteria there is, the healthier your skin will be. When you put prebiotic skincare on your face or body, it acts as food for these "good" microbes which live on your skin naturally.
A prebiotic cleanser can help improve the condition of your skin long after you've finished cleansing. Instead of stripping everything away during the cleansing process, prebiotic cleansers also give some love back! When used regularly, they can boost hydration and the overall health and appearance of your skin.
We absolutely love starting our morning and night skincare routine with SoWhippy Prebiotic Cream Cleanser. This cleanser is gentle enough to use on all skin types and contains prebiotics to support healthier, happier skin! It also includes niacinamide, wattle seed and kaolin clay to create a super nourishing, all round cleanser.
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of how prebiotic skincare works and why it's so beneficial for your skin. We believe a great way to get the most out of your skincare routine is by starting with a cleanser that really supports the health of your skin. And prebiotics are just the thing!